Reds' Votto, Barnhart stay hot in opener win

Reds' Votto, Barnhart stay hot in opener win

CINCINNATI -- The first inning wasn't kind to either starter in Friday's series opener between the Reds and D-backs.

Reds starter Dan Straily allowed two first-inning runs, but his counterpart, Archie Bradley, allowed three, giving up the only Arizona lead of the game as the Reds went on to win, 6-2. The Reds now have won four of their last five games.

Straily went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out eight but struggled in the opening inning. He began the game by giving up a leadoff homer to Jean Segura and then a double to Michael Bourn, who came around to score. He settled down after that to pitch his final five innings without allowing a run.

Castillo's sacrifice fly

"The leadoff home run, it is what it is. The guy got a pitch and then hit it out. Then we lose the ball in the sun, and I don't make [an out] on the next couple of guys," said Straily about his first inning.

"I came out with the lead in the second inning. I believe I struck out the side in that inning. That gets things rolling. This game just builds on itself for me tonight. It got better and better as I went."

Bradley's runs came after he put his first two batters on base and then allowed a three-run homer to Joey Votto. Bradley didn't allow another run, pitching five innings, allowing five hits and walking a season-high five batters. Taking the loss, Bradley extended his winless start streak to six as the D-backs dropped their third straight.

Bradley to work on honing command, avoiding walks

"I walked Zack Cozart and missed a spot for Votto, and that was basically the game right there," Bradley said.

The Reds added three more insurance runs -- one in the sixth on a Tucker Barnhart homer, one in the seventh on an RBI single from Brandon Phillips and one in the eighth on an RBI double from Cozart.

Barnhart's solo home run

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Wipe out: The D-backs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but it was short-lived. Votto hit his 17th home run of the season after Billy Hamilton singled and stole second base and Cozart walked to open the bottom of the inning. Votto has hit safely in all seven games since the All-Star break, including three home runs in his last four games. Cozart had batted leadoff in his previous 80 starts but was moved to the No. 2 spot, flip-flopping with Hamilton. Manager Bryan Price's move paid dividends immediately, as Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases and two runs scored.

Hamilton's 30th stolen base

"I told you what I had hoped would happen, and tonight it did," said Price. "It's a great first day for that switch, but this is something that we had envisioned ever since Billy came to the big leagues, him hitting at the top and then wreaking some havoc."
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Missed tag: After Hamilton's leadoff single, he managed to steal second base. The throw from catcher Welington Castillo actually beat Hamilton to the bag, but Hamilton managed to avoid the tag from Segura. While he was initially ruled out on the field, the Reds challenged it, and it was determined that Hamilton avoided the tag, overturning the call. Hamilton came around to score on the Votto homer, costing Bradley an extra run early.

Hamilton steals second base

"Welington threw a great throw in there," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Hamilton did a really good job with his hands, but that should've been an out."

Buckling down: With the Reds leading, 3-2, Straily stamped out rally attempts by the D-backs in the fourth and fifth innings, striking out four in the process. The first two began the fourth inning, but a walk to Brandon Drury and a double by Yasmany Tomas forced Straily to intentionally walk Nick Ahmed. He got Bradley to hit into a force play to end that inning.

Straily's winning start

Segura then led off the fifth with a walk. Straily balked him to second base, but that's as far as Segura would get. Straily struck out Bourn looking, got Paul Goldschmidt to pop out to third base and then struck out Jake Lamb looking. More >

Segur-ing an early lead: Segura's leadoff homer traveled 420 feet and came off the bat at 104 mph, according to Statcast™. It was Segura's eighth homer of the season out of the leadoff spot, ranking him fifth among NL leadoff hitters. Later in the game, he nearly caused the benches to clear after taking exception to being hit by a Straily pitch in the third. Segura finished the game 2-for-3.

QUOTABLE
"You look at my last two outings, and even though I avoided the big situations, it's kind of the saying, 'You play with fire, eventually you're going to get burned.' Tonight I did." -- Bradley, on his walk issues

"To me, it seemed like it was more just caught-up-in-the-moment type of reaction by him. It happens. I get it. When I hit him, the last thing on my mind was I wanted to do that with a get-me-over fastball." -- Straily, on the reaction by Segura after Straily hit him

WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs: Lefty Robbie Ray takes the mound for the D-backs in the 4:10 p.m. MST game against the Reds. Ray is coming off of one of his better starts of the season, a seven-inning shutout performance against the Dodgers.

Reds: Keyvius Sampson makes his first start of the season after seven relief appearances for the Reds. He threw four scoreless innings of relief in his last appearance on July 16. Sampson earned his first career victory last August 8, beating the D-backs and Ray, 4-1, at Chase Field.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

Kevin Goheen is a contributor for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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